US Ambassador to Panama John Feeley quits over US President Donald Trump

14 January, 2018, 12:46 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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The U.S. ambassador to Panama is stepping down, saying he can't faithfully serve the Trump administration apolitically.

According to the State Department, his decision was made due to personal reasons.

But in fact, Feeley's resignation was first reported on Thursday afternoon, before Trump's alleged comments were publicized.

After US Ambassador to Panama John Feeley handed in his resignation on Friday, conflicting reports about his decision quickly began to spread.

The U.S. ambassador to Panama has resigned from his post after deciding he can not work under President Donald Trump any longer. "That time has come", Feeley wrote.

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Feely's biography on the website for the U.S. Embassy in Panama notes that he joined the State Department in 1990 and assumed his post in January 2016.

Trump interrupted the meeting and said, "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?"

This story was updated to include comments from the Department of State.

While Trump has claimed that he never used the pejorative term about purported USA ally nation-states, multiple sources have confirmed that the president made the disparaging comments "repeatedly," cited by the Washington Post. Goldstein told reporters at the State Department. In November, foreign service officer Elizabeth Shackelford, who worked in Nairobi for the USA mission to Somalia, quit, writing a letter slamming the administration for abandoning human rights policy and its "stinging disrespect" of the foreign service.

In an open letter published on the embassy's website, addressed to the Central American president, Juan Carlos Verla and Vice President Isabel Saint Malo, the ambassador declared the end of his career with the U.S. government effective March 9.

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